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Aug 22, 2013 8:50 AM by Lacey Steele

Over 50 wildfires burn across the west

Right now, about 51 wildfires are burning out of control in the western part of the country.

One of the most severe fires is the Beaver Creek blaze in the mountains of central Idaho.

It's at about 108,000 acres and is 47% contained.

Thousands of buildings and homes are threatened.

The National Wildfire Preparedness Level is at its highest tier for the first time in five years.

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